Scottish Ballet celebrates 50th anniversary with packed programme
- Kelly Apter
- 11 October 2018
Scotland's national ballet company has packed a lot into the past five decades, and the upcoming 50th anniversary year will see Scottish Ballet busier than ever
When Peter Darrell accepted an invitation to relocate his Bristol-based ballet company to Glasgow in 1969, he was committed to exploring new trends and ideas. Fifty years later, Darrell's forward-thinking philosophy is alive and well – as evidenced in Scottish Ballet's exciting and adventurous anniversary programme for 2019.
The spirit of collaboration, innovation and reaching out to new audiences that Darrell imbued in his company (known back then as Scottish Theatre Ballet) in '69 sits squarely at the heart of the 5-year plan current artistic director, Christopher Hampson has outlined.
At a recent 'sneak peek' at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow, Hampson unveiled Helen Pickett's adaptation of The Crucible to an invited audience. Originally shown in 2014, as part of a double-bill, it started life as a shorter, more succinct piece that had its work cut out capturing all of Arthur Miller's characters and content in one act. I lamented in my review at the time 'If only the piece was two hours long, rather than 40 minutes, it would be a triumph'. Happy to say, it's now a full-length work that does Miller proud – and will get the 2019 Edinburgh International Festival off to a blazing start.